During the 2012 season, Captain Clarky ran a unique weekly National Football League game predictions column based on facts involving league history, pop culture and other miscellaneous categories without taking into account team statistics, injuries or on-field comparisons between the two teams playing in a game. Chuck Pollock, sports editor of The Olean Times Herald, made picks using traditional prognostication and shared them with me. Each post compared our records.
Using search engines Yahoo and Google, I looked up yearly events and pop culture and historical connections and Pro-Football-Reference.com to look team records. With this information, I created facts for every post, recording statistics in notebooks and linked the previous game to the next game through associations and relationships. I had nine record categories that I assigned to games: head-to-head, conference, division, home or road, games within a state, week of the season, record since an event and record during a period of time.
Each week had a theme.
For playoff games, the posts had four miscellaneous facts to determine predictions. For example, if three facts favored one team, they were the predicted winner. In the event of a 2-2 tie, a fifth “overtime” fact determined the prediction.
The Super Bowl XLVII post consisted of 47 sections with a running count of how many random facts favored the AFC and NFC champion.
Bryan Paul’s season record: 156-109-1
Bryan Paul’s Postseason record: 7-4
Pollock’s season record 178-87-1
Pollock’s Postseason record: 7-4
Head-to-head matchups in postseason: Tied, 1-1
I want to continue Bryan Paul’s Puzzling NFL Predictions posts during the 2013 season and provide a print or media organization with unique content that a variety of readers look forward to reading during the season.